Beautifully Restored Old Rectory in Exeter's St Leonards
PUBLISHED: 14:12 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 February 2013
The Old Rectory is an historic Exeter town house that was once the rectory of St Leonards Church so it forms an integral part of the exciting history of Devon's delightful capital.
The Old Rectory is an historic Exeter town house that was once the rectory of St Leonards Church so it forms an integral part of the exciting history of Devons delightful capital.
This gracious and substantial property is located in leafy St Leonards, the much sought-after and fashionable Exeter city-centre location. And no wonder its so popular as the area contains some excellent private schools and award winning local shops including an organic butcher, fishmonger, florist and wine shop as well as a nearby Waitrose.
The properties here are generally architecturally interesting, large detached houses with big gardens and The Old Rectory is arguably one of the very best in the area. Historic it may be, but the present owners have given the property a comprehensive restoration programme that has created a wonderful house that is both comfortable and supremely elegant.
Beautifully proportioned rooms with high coved ceilings, picture rails and many decorative fireplaces set the tone whilst the solid wood internal doors and sturdy architraving complement the grandeur of this imposing building perfectly.
The ground floor has a charming layout, perfect for relaxed modern living. Youll love the stylish, light and airy kitchen with its Alno fittings and solid elm drawers and cupboards. The kitchen leads through to an open plan dining room, which is also flooded with light. An elegant archway leads through to the drawing room with its real flame gas fire and large bay window overlooking the gardens.
The large conservatory is a superb feature too and is located next to a utility room, which then leads through French doors into the gardens. Anyone wishing to work from home will really appreciate the well-proportioned and beautifully designed study with its attractive fireplace and a huge glass window that reflects the gothic theme throughout the house.
Before heading upstairs to the two upper bedroom floors, dont forget to take a look at the fascinating cellar below the hallway. It has three good rooms and you could keep a treasure trove of collections here quite easily.
There are seven bedrooms in this spacious home, four on the first floor and three on the second floor. The splendid master bedroom has delightful views over the garden and an en suite shower room. There are two further family bathrooms as well.
The gardens are a very good size and there is ample parking behind the attractive double iron gates. There is also planning permission to build a garage if needed.
Living in St Leonards means that you are only half a mile from Exeters vibrant city centre with its theatres, shopping and great restaurants plus the new John Lewis, but the area has a lovely peaceful feel. Just five minutes away is Exeters popular and historic quayside and a whole range of rural pursuits can be enjoyed in the surrounding countryside and along the River Exe.
Although you may never want to leave once youre in lovely St Leonards, it is good to know that Exeter has excellent access with its international airport, mainline train station and M5 motorway all close by.
The Old Rectory is marketed by Knight Frank.
Guide Price: 1.2 million
For further information contact: Knight Frank Isabel Clifton (01392- 423111) firstname.lastname@example.org